Effectively managing school safety requires the combined skills of a juggler and tightrope walker. School administrators must juggle school safety and the many other aspects of leading schools: Academics, facilities, finances, district politics, school-community relations. They must also walk a tightrope by beefing up security and preparedness for an emergency while maintaining a supportive environment where students feel they are a part of the school, teachers can focus on academics, parents feel welcome as visitors and volunteers, and the school is part of the broader community.
"Ken Trump’s newest book: A comprehensive, practical resource for best practices in school safety, security, emergency / crisis planning. Topics range from prevention to preparedness with new chapters and sub-chapters on current issues and hot topics in school safety." - National School Safety and Security
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Read and learn as James O'Hanlon and Donald Clifton describe how elementary and secondary principals, identified as outstanding, carry out their work. According to the authors, these principals resemble highly effective managers in business in their adherence to the tenets of positive psychology. While the position of principal is highly demanding,
This book frames the landscape of school from the perspective of great principals. What do they see when they view their schools and the people in them? Where do they focus their attention? How do they spend their time and energy? What guides their decisions? How can we gain the same
People are prone to think of leadership as an individual activity linked to a position—usually the top of the organizational chart. Furthermore, they often think the ability to lead is reserved for a heroic few, those individuals who save us from ourselves by making up for our deficiencies. We have heard
School leaders face a tense struggle between maintaining welcoming and supportive schools with a positive climate for students while also keeping schools safe, secure, and prepared for managing crises that cannot be prevented.
Academic research is sorely lacking on school security and emergency preparedness issues, not just prevention and intervention programs.
School safety therefore contributes to the operational continuity of our schools, and in turn the continuity of the economic engine the education industry plays in the economy.
Perception can often turn into reality when left unchecked, and school administrators should ensure that they communicate about school safety accurately, clearly, and regularly.
Showing competence and expertise, and remaining honest and open, are guiding principles for successful communications through a crisis.
Giving recommendations for where to start is not too difficult depending on where the people asking the question actually are in the process. Knowing when enough is enough, however, is the more difficult task.